ARWIND Santos led a murderous second-quarter tear as San Miguel Beer ripped GlobalPort, 95-69, to regain a share of the top spot with idle Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Santos, the former league Most Valuable Player, fired 13 of his 19 points during a decisive 30-8 exchange in the second period that turned what until then had been a tight game into a ghastly rout.
The Beermen's fourth successive win gave them a share of first place with Alaska on identical 7-1 win-loss records, enhancing SMB's bid for a Top 2 finish and a guaranteed place in the semifinals.
On the other hand, the Batang Pier suffered their second straight loss, just a few days after falling short against the Aces, 87-84 in their out-of-town game in Cagayan de Oro City.
“Out of our eight games, this is the best win we have so far,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria said. “I never imagined we’ll win with a big lead.”
The Beermen were merciless on defense, holding the Batang Pier to just 29 percent from the field (30-of-103) while limiting their dreaded “three-headed monster” of Alex Cabagnot, Terrence Romeo and rookie Fil-Am Stanley Pringle to an atrocious 9-of-47 overall shooting.
The Beermen also had 22 assists in the game.
Reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo registered his eighth straight double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds, Ronald Tubid and Chris Ross added 12 apiece, while Chris Lutz and Jeric Fortuna scored 10 points each.
Mark Isip led the Batang Pier with 12 points, while Pringle finished with a double-double of 11 and 10 boards.
San Miguel 95 - Santos 19, Fajardo 17, Ross 12, Tubid 12, Lutz 10, Fortuna 10, Pascual 8, Mercado 3, Maierhofer 2, Kramer 2, Lassiter 0, Omolon 0, Semerad 0, Chua 0.
GlobalPort 69 - Isip 12, Pringle 11, Jensen 11, Cabagnot 10, Romeo 7, Baclao 6, De Ocampo 6, Pinto 2, Caperal 2, Buenafe 2, Semerad 0, Taha 0, Ponferada 0, Nabong 0.
Quarterscores: 21-17, 56-29, 77-52, 95-69